Education for sustainable development amidst COVID-19 pandemic: role of sustainability pedagogies in developing students’ sustainability consciousness

Ayesha Nousheen, Qudsia Kalsoom

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Abstract

Purpose: This study aims to assess the impact of sustainability pedagogies on students’ sustainability consciousness (SC) in the online instructional settings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Design/methodology/approach: A mixed-method, embedded research design was applied to conduct the research. The participants of the study were the pre-service teachers studying a course, namely, “Education for Sustainable Development” (ESD) in a public sector university of Pakistan. A total of 49 participants were divided into control and experimental groups. The experimental group experienced ESD-pedagogies in online teaching-learning (educational) settings, whereas the control group was taught through a lecture-based approach in an online educational setting. The outcome of the research was measured in terms of a change in the pre-service teachers’ SC. The qualitative data were collected from the experimental group only. The quantitative data were analyzed using paired sample t-test and independent sample t-test, whereas the qualitative data were analyzed through thematic analysis.

Findings: The quantitative and qualitative data indicate that sustainability pedagogies (i.e. case studies, critical incidents, discussions, debates and problem-based teaching) enhanced pre-service teachers’ SC in online educational settings during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Originality/value: The current research expands the discussion on the effectiveness of sustainability pedagogies in online educational settings in teacher education programs.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1386-1403
Number of pages18
JournalInternational Journal of Sustainability in Higher Education
Volume23
Issue number6
Early online date8 Feb 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 26 Jul 2022

Keywords

  • COVID-19
  • Education for sustainable development (ESD)
  • Online instructional settings
  • Sustainability consciousness
  • Sustainability pedagogies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Human Factors and Ergonomics
  • Education

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